A Cancerous Campaign Against Komen

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

I loved that e-mail I got last night from the reader who said thanks to Komen with $50 for halting their relationship with Planned Parenthood, because the world always needs more gratitude and because you knew this was coming: Planned Parenthood announces it has raised $400,000 in the last 24 hours.

Here’s Cecile Richards’s latest petulant plea:

This is for all the anti-choice, anti-women people out there.

Listen up.

You can spend every minute of every day trying to force the rest of us to live by your ideology. You can go after federal funds for health care and pressure private organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to stop funding breast cancer screenings for poor women. You can try to make it impossible to get birth control.

But you know what you can’t do? You can’t win. You can’t break us. Planned Parenthood isn’t just a family of organizations. It’s a movement. It’s women and men of all ages who believe that health care — including reproductive health care — is a basic human right. We are millions strong. We are everywhere. We act, we give, and we do whatever it takes to make sure that Planned Parenthood is there for the women, men, and teens who rely on them.

Know this: When you go after Planned Parenthood and the people they serve, you go after ME. I stand with Planned Parenthood. I stand with them against anyone who wants to stop women from receiving the health care they need. I stand with them today, tomorrow, and for as long as I need to.


By funding Planned Parenthood as American taxpayers currently do, of course, we are buying into a poisonous ideology of death.

The Bioethics Defense Fund (“anti-choice, anti-women people” in Richards’s worldview) is among those who have long been protesting the Komen-Planned Parenthood relationship. BDF’s Dorinda Bordlee welcomed the Komen news yesterday by saying: “Planned Parenthood is in the business of elective abortion, not health care; both public dollars and Komen research dollars have no business being spent on a brutal procedure that aborts unborn children and endangers women’s health.” Bordlee makes the obvious point: “Low-income women can and should be able to access health services and breast screenings provided at public hospitals and clinics, as well as by faith-based community health centers who are truly concerned about the woman’s holistic health.” 

Bordlee does not exactly sound like a warrior against women. More like a much healthier approach, truer to the pretty-in-pink rhetoric than Planned Parenthood’s company line is.

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